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VOICES

AN ANTHOLOGY

OF THE MOST CHARACTERISTIC POEMS

BY

ENGLISH, SCOTCH, AND IRISH WOMEN

SELECTED, ARRANGED, AND EDITED

MRS. WILLIAM SHARP

LONDON
WALTER SCOTT, 24 WARWICK LANE

1887

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TO ALL WOMEN.

TO MY MOTHER

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PREFACE.

UTARIOUS circumstances have occurred to delay the

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entury ago, the authors would have achieved a fame, or at any rate a reputation, beyond all comparison with the scanty meed of acknowledgment which is their present reward. It is, however, not generally recognised how much of verse of high intellectual and artistic quality has been written by women during the last two centuries. One or two names have a high place on the roll of fame; others are rewarded with honourable if somewhat patronising mention and approval ; and many whose productions are of a quality exceptionally noteworthy are totally forgotten, or -as in the case of living authors-strangely, and one is

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